At UN GA Afghanistan seeks support for democracy

New York, September 22, 2004 - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday appealed to world leaders for support for his strife-torn nation's attempt to become a viable democracy.

He told the U.N. General Assembly's annual high-level debate, terrorists had tried to disrupt every stage of the polling process, intensifying offensives against voters and election workers during recent weeks. Elections will be held on October 9, 2004.

These attacks have not stopped our people from crossing one milestone after another, he said. Yet, establishing a stable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan requires sustained and collaborative efforts by the Afghans, our neighbors and the international community.

He also noted the effects of stability in Afghanistan would reverberate throughout Asia and the world. Working together for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is not only a good example of successful international cooperation, but will also contribute to regional prosperity and global security, he said.